GMIC, the largest independent mobile conference in the Silicon Valley, took place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco last week. And as luck had it, we at Cooliris were stoked to have a booth there to chat up with new and old friends from the mobile and tech space.
Our week started at the crack of dawn on Tuesday, as we left our cozy offices in Palo Alto and headed north through the fog to San Francisco. With a full arsenal of iPads demoing the latest version of our popular Cooliris app, along with various goodies and handouts (see photo below, they are pretty awesome), our booth was a big hit from the get-go, drawing the attention of countless visitors.
Many conference attendees were naturally already snapping tons of pictures around the conference and the beautiful city center right outside. So, it was no wonder that many found the conversations feature of the Cooliris app indispensable. Our conversations feature enabled attendees to instantaneously share their experience via photos and text with co-workers and friends. Our app’s new slick modern design, which complements iOS 7’s recent redesign, also received sweet feedback.
The tempo and frenzy at our booth grew as our team and our CEO Soujanya Bhumkar interacted with reporters, tech enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs alike.
Needless to say, we had a great time at GMIC, We would like once again to thank everyone who stopped by the Cooliris booth.
The press has spoken; they absolutely love Cooliris and its gang. And this is how we show our appreciation for all the support they have given us; by honoring them all with a post on our website. And of course, for our readers, to find the news about Cooliris all in one place.
As the world prepares for the ominous ides of March, we here quite enjoyed the popularity this month brought for us. At the outset was an epic article written by Robin Wauters titled:
Writing for TheNextWeb, Wauters summarizes the Cooliris journey and the milestones it has achieved on the way. In fact it was a great compliment to read that he has replaced the Photo’ app on his iPad. In his own words, “ I’ve replaced the Photos app on my iPad 2 to see if it’s an adequate alternative, and was pleasantly surprised” . The best part is the article was shared 4784 times so far. You can read the rest of what Wauters said about us here:
But it wasn’t all play at the Cooliris HQ, as our team headed by CEO Soujanya Bhumkar left for a tour to Asia. First on their itinerary was the bustling Japanese city of Tokyo. Cooliris being super popular in Japan, with our second highest downloads coming from there, it was no surprise how responsive the tech media was to us. One of the most popular tech writers in Japan, Techdoll, tweeted about us to her thousands of followers and Techwave Japan organized an interview with our CEO and other editors. Rick Martin of the ever popular Start-up Dating Japan had this to write after a sit-down with Soujanya;
Next stop was the effervescent South Korea. The media was buzzing with the idea of interviewing the Cooliris team. Each media outlet contacted was eager to send their reporters for a meeting with the Cooliris team. Language was not a barrier, it was their enthusiasm that made for excellent press. The first morning our team was met by the popular ZDNet, whose article can be found here:
Korea’s number one IT Trade paper, The Electronic Times, also featured Cooliris
It was a busy morning with Korea’s number one Economic Paper, The Maeil Economic Newspaper had their time with the team as well:
Known as one of Korea’s most popular tech news sites, Bloter.Net also took the time out to meet with our team
It was a busy first day, but there was no stopping the media in Korea. The next day, Korea’s oldest and largest English news publication, The Korea Times, sat down for an interview with our CEO:
It has been a great few weeks for Cooliris in the media and we humbled by the coverage we have gotten, especially from across the shores. It just gives us the impetus to work harder and come out with ever cooler updates for everyone to enjoy.
Bringing the signature Cooliris 3D wall to the iPhone/iPad, partnering up with more sources for your photo aggregation and finally the biggest leap to end 2012 in true Cooliris Style.
This high-jump was not just across borders but across the Pacific Ocean to the West or across many continents and oceans towards the East; landing Cooliris successfully in the World’s biggest market, China. And, wait for it, it gets even bigger.
This recap isn’t about the last one year, but only the past 5 months. Because once we start, there is no stopping us from bringing the best experience forward for our users. With each step, we want to revolutionize your photo-viewing moments, turning them into some of the best times of your life.
As Cooliris took off on its journey, its first stop was bringing the browser version of its app to the tips of your fingers. And yes you can think to yourself and say ‘finally’; that what Techcrunch felt too when we launched. It aptly titled its article “Cooliris brings its 3D Photo Wall to the Ipad. Finally!”. There was no stopping us then.
The popularity of the app spread like wildfire. Apple termed it Editor’s Choice and it reached a #1 iPad app ranking in 75 countries.
With the amount of traction, installs and photo views soaring, user comments and words of encouragement egged us on. We began with Facebook, Instagram and iOS camera roll photos in July 2012 and by November we had added on Picasa, Google+ and Flickr. Our amazing dedication to our users didn’t end there; version 2.2 had an integration with Google Drive. All your picture perfect moments could now be saved and accessed from anywhere on your Google Drive via Cooliris. Curation of all your photos was never this easy, now all you need is to tap your fingers and you are on your way.
Its success in the photo-app world was unstoppable. The tech world was abuzz with chatter about Cooliris:
“Cooliris is already well on its way to being a household name.” TUAW
Tech circles from outside the US too were excited about the app, helping Cooliris to spread its wings globally, mapping its name and popularity across the world
“What do you get when you combine an immersive visual experience with an increasing number of visual sources? Cooliris is just the app you need.” e27
“For promiscuous photo uploaders who have their images scattered all over the web, the new Cooliris looks like a great way to bring them all together for quick viewing on an iPhone or iPad.” Tech in Asia
As the melee of comments trickled in from across the world, prompting us to think out of the box, literally, Cooliris began to gear up for its first and biggest ever international localisation. The market chosen was the biggest in terms of smartphone users but the toughest too. December 18, 2012, was epic at the Cooliris HQ. Cooliris successfully launched its integration with Renren, China’s leading real-name social networking service. It came packed with a local language capability for our Chinese users, making their experience truly emphatic. And what a great feat that was! And what a way to usher in the holidays and the new year. The global media went into a frenzy with this launch:
“Social photo discovery just got better in #China with Cooliris’ launch of localised app with #renren integration” e27
Wow what a rollercoaster ride it has been for the past few month. There was a lot to do but we still took out time to have fun, of course in true “Cooliris Style”. The party took us from the Pacific coast all the way to Germany for Oktoberfest.
And if you think 2012 has been a big year for us, wait for it, 2013 will be even bigger. As we bid farewell to 2012 with a heavy heart, we look forward to 2013 with much excitement and fervor. The holiday cheer seems to have gotten us in the mood to do something even bigger and better for our users who have given us their constant support throughout our eventful journey.
While you wait for the tricks Cooliris has up its sleeve to unfold in 2013, enjoy this festive season. From the whole Cooliris team, we wish you a very Happy New Year and stay awesome!
PS. Take lots of photos with ease; you know Cooliris will do the rest of the tedious work for you ;)
Since we have gotten a lot of press coverage in the last few days, we want to share the amazing feedback with you here:
Cooliris hits 250M photos viewed, introduces integration with Google Drive - SG Entrepreneurs
"What do you get when you combine an immersive visual experience with an increasing number of visual sources? Cooliris is just the app you need."e27 - Cooliris expands photo sources to include Picasa, Google+, Google Drive and Flickr
"Cooliris is already well on its way to being a household name." TUAW - Cooliris passes 250 million photo views, adds more sharing options
"For promiscuous photo uploaders who have their images scattered all over the web, the new CoolIris looks like a great way to bring them all together for quick viewing on an iPhone or iPad." Tech in Asia - CoolIris App Adds New Photo Sources, Boasts 1.5M Installs
And we loved the description in this blog: "This free app was a life-saver, all my pictures were found in just a click of a button." "The soothing movement of the wall is akin to the pictures swaying to the tunes of Mozart; creative genius." Chattering Kitchen Food & Travel Photography Tips: Share Your Treasures via Cooliris
Have a blog and want to share something about Cooliris? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in touch with you to provide you with material.
Thanks for making the all-new Cooliris the #1 free iPad app in over 80 countries in the Lifestyle category. It’s been an incredible 4 weeks already since we launched the new app, and we’re really excited about the amazing feedback that we’ve gotten from all of our users.
Today, we have an update (v.2.1) for the new Cooliris that incorporates some of the user feedback and feature requests. Download it now, and check it out.
Photos now include more detailed information like name, caption, time, place, and the number of likes and comments on them! It makes photo discovery from your mobile library, Facebook and Instagram even more engaging. It’s now also super easy to jump out to the original Facebook or Instagram page containing the photo, where you can comment or like the photo.
In Google Image search, you now have the flexibility to customize your search settings. You can filter images by size and jump to the original web page containing the image. Google Images SafeSearch settings are also now available.
We know that everyone searches Google Images, so we figured, why not be able to search any image on the Cooliris 3D Wall. Check out some of these CoolTips for browsing Google Images on Cooliris:
Monet, the newest Ferrari, food porn? Browse any and all of the above with Google Images on Cooliris. As always the photos will be visualized on the Cooliris 3D wall, where you can swipe, pinch, and zoom until you find just the right one.
Save any images from Google Images to your mobile library. Either hold down on the image or tap the button in the upper right. Then save all the images to your camera roll to view, use, and share later.
Have a Cooliris Conversation with your buddies about the coolest new cars? Search for the new Bugatti Veyron and save to your library, then share into the conversation. Have the ultimate conversation with messages and photos around any topic.
With Cooliris we wanted to make sure you could not only view all your favorite photos in a beautiful way, but also share them with the people who matter most. Send photos of your kids to their grandparents, start a group conversation around awesome street art you spot, or create a conversation around last night’s party, including your own and those from Facebook. There are endless possibilities for sharing. Check out some new CoolTips about Conversations in Cooliris:
Cooliris lets you easily share photos from your Library, Facebook, and Instagram to private one-on-one or close-knit group conversations, or if you’d like, more broadly to Facebook. Within a conversation, all your shared photos will appear in a beautiful collage. You can also add messages and links to create a true dialogue around a topic or set of photos.
Batch upload as many photos as you want to a conversation, and invite as many friends as possible! It’s easy to start a conversation because Cooliris autofills from your Facebook Friends and Address Book when selecting someone to invite.
One of the things we think is awesome about Cooliris is that you can create a conversation with anyone. Even if your friends don’t have Cooliris, they will still be able to experience conversations through the web and will receive an email complete with photos and text when they are invited to a conversation. Thus any of your friends and family who might not be the most tech savvy, can still open an email and see an entire Cooliris conversation, complete with all the photos from your conversation.
If you have a ton of photos already in a conversation, just tap and you can view all the photos shared on the Cooliris 3D Wall. Swipe, zoom, and pinch to view all your photos in stunning high-res. You can also share any of the photos into another conversation or to Facebook.
You can also save anyone’s photos within a Conversation to your mobile Library. Either hold down on a photo within a conversation and press save, or enter the 3D wall and select multiple photos to save. Now if you miss out on photos from a birthday, night out, or trip, you can save all of those memories!
What’re you waiting for? Go download Cooliris in the App Store and start a conversation now!
Last week we introduced the #NewCooliris app for iPhone and iPad — social discovery for photos, all in one place. And as iPhone photography fanatics here at the office, there was no way we could say we included all your favorite photo sources without adding Instagram! Check out these CoolTips about using Instagram on Cooliris:
Browse all your Instagrams on the stunning Cooliris 3D wall, or larger and in high-res by tapping to zoom or double-tapping to enter full-screen view. See all your beautiful photos and filters bigger, brighter and clearer — we know you’ll be saying WOW!
Additionally, you can browse all your different Instagram photos, including your Feed with those you follow, Popular, and your personal Instagrams. Toggle between the three using the drop-down navigation menu at the top.
Ever wish you could save Popular or friends’ photos to your device to keep and browse later? Easily save Instagram photos to your iPhone or iPad with just a tap on the share button in the upper right corner. Select those you love, then just press the save button. After, you can go back and browse your library on the 3D Wall.
You can also share a bunch of Instagram photos at once to Facebook and into Conversations without saving the photos to your device. See a set of beautiful photos you want to start a dialogue around? Maybe street art around San Francisco, vintage cars, or some of the newest fashions? Now you can! As always, you can start a conversation with anyone, even if they don’t have Cooliris, and they will still be able to see all the photos.
Check out these Instagram features and more in the all-new Cooliris app for iPhone and iPad, now available in the App Store. Also, make sure to tell us your favorite #NewCooliris experiences on FB and Twitter, and as always, if you have feedback let us know at email@example.com.
In creating the new Cooliris, one of our goals was to take the numerous amounts of media shared on all your different networks and create an easy way to discover and share those photos. That way you can avoid the headache from data overload and instead view all your beautiful photos in one place. Cooliris brings together photos from your favorite sources, including Facebook, Instagram, and your own Camera Roll, all in one fast, fluid, and visually stunning app.
Let’s check out four of the new features incorporated with Facebook on Cooliris.
Open up Facebook on Cooliris and you’ll immediately see all the photos from your News Feed, which you can swipe, zoom, and flip through on the 3D Wall. You can also toggle between your personal Albums, Cover Photos, and Photos Tagged of You through the drop down navigation menu at the top of the screen.
Cooliris allows you to share any of your Facebook photos in private 1-on-1 or group conversations, whether it be from your News Feed or own albums. Now you can have a conversation around any topic or set of photos from multiple networks including Facebook. Select photos by pressing the share button in the upper right and selecting, or by holding down on a photo. Then press the share button again and the Conversations Menu Panel will slide out.
Share photos by selecting from any existing conversation, or create a new one. When creating a new conversation, Cooliris will autofill will contacts from your Facebook Friends and local Address Book. You can even send to anyone, even if they don’t currently have a Cooliris account.
When you want to save any photo in Facebook, press the Share button in the upper right. Then select all the photos you want to download to your camera roll and click Save. You can also select photos by holding down on an image.
Have several photos from your mobile library or Instagram that you want to upload to Facebook? It’s easy. Just press share, select, and “Share to Facebook” in the Conversations Menu Panel. All the photos will be added to your Facebook Timeline for all your friends to see.
Enjoy these and many more new features by downloading the all-new Cooliris app for iPhone and iPad in the App Store. Have more feedback? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell us your favorite #NewCooliris features on FB and Twitter!
We’re excited to introduce the all-new Cooliris, available now for iPad and iPhone in the App Store. Before going into the details, let’s backtrack so you get the whole picture.
When we first released the Cooliris 3D Wall as a browser extension in 2008, it enabled a stunning new way to browse media on the desktop, allowing you to consume images, photos and videos from the web like never before. The product was well received by millions and we received tangible feedback from hundreds of thousands of users from around the world. You said the Cooliris Wall was a great way to browse search results for images, to see large sets of photos and videos, and experience galleries embedded by webmasters on their own websites. Bringing the Wall to market was an extraordinary experience for us.
Simultaneously, an interesting shift was taking place in the landscape. With the introduction and hyperscaling of iOS and Android mobile devices, the world began going mobile, opening up opportunities to experience digital media in a new ways. Handbags and pockets held powerful cameras and phones, and new services enabled everyone to become a photographer. You started posting and publishing beautiful photos to Facebook and Instagram, or just taking them to remember and share, and we were getting started on how we could make the process even better.
We embraced mobile by being part of something big. We worked closely with Andy Rubin at Google to create the Android Gallery, which became the default native app for Android 2.1 and above.
Fast forward to present day, and we’re leveraging all our learnings from our past successes and mistakes, and are proud to present to the world today a brand new app for iPad and iPhone. You kept telling us the Cooliris Wall was meant for tablets and mobile phones, and we heard loud and clear.
The all new Cooliris app is the fast, fluid, and stunning new way to explore, discover, and share photos. We’ve chosen your favorite sources - Facebook, Instagram, Google Images, and of course your personal photo library on your device - and seamlessly combined them into an easy-to-use iPad and iPhone app. You can swipe, zoom, and efficiently navigate through thousands of photos on the Cooliris 3D Wall, then selectively share them with people you care about in private 1-on-1 or group conversations, or publish it to a broader audience by sharing it to your Facebook Timeline.
Try Cooliris for showcasing your photography collection, sharing personal moments with your family, or simply as a better way to enjoy your favorite photos.
We’ve had a lot of fun building the all-new Cooliris, and we hope you enjoy discovering, experiencing, and sharing photos as much as we do. We strive to be the best in immersive and visual rich media experiences, and today we are starting the next chapter. Download the all-new Cooliris App for iPad and iPhone in the iTunes App Store today! To learn more about the app, check out the demo video.